Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Posted on Friday 19th August 2022

Low water levels in the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in Newport are caused by issues outside the city boundaries. 

We are working with partner organisations such as NRW, neighbouring councils and the Canal Trust to manage penning levels and water flow through the system. 

However, we are restricted by volume available from the higher sections of the system which are experiencing issues. 

In recent months we undertook a limited amount of channel clearing, but unfortunately it was not sufficient to improve levels due to lack of rainfall. 

We are aware that water levels are low but at present there ae no water sources to divert to this area. 

Fortunately, the majority of the fish stock was relocated from this pond to sections where the levels are holding, so there should be limited impact on the aquatic species, but we appreciate that people are concerned about the water fowl and other birds and we will monitor the situation. 

The council is seeking funding to undertake de-silting, channel re-lining and other works. 

Newport has about seven miles of canal within the city and it manages this community asset with limited resources. 

Funds that are set aside for standard management are often diverted to deal with emergency works such as leaks, vandalism and encroachment.

 Where possible we have used external resource to tackle issues such as surface maintenance and land management, through the creation of active travel routes along the towpaths, Invaluable work is also carried out by the Canal Trust and Countryside Service volunteer groups.  

We fully understand the frustrations of local people and will continue to seek funding to improve the canal and keep the community updated of any works that may be undertaken to help alleviate the situation.

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